Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Vegan Chocolate, Walnut and Orange Cake Recipe #recipeoftheweek

My eldest daughter has gone vegan for medical reasons, but that doesn't mean she can't enjoy having the occasional slice of homemade cake.  Being vegan isn't as restrictive as some might think and there are a wealth of delicious alternatives out there.  I found a recipe in an old vegan cookbook  and adapted it to make it more user friendly, also changing the filling and topping to make my own version of a vegan chocolate fudge cake with a twist.  

veganism, dairy free


9 oz self raising wholemeal flour
8 oz soft light brown sugar
2 tblspns cocoa powder
4 fl oz groundnut oil
5 fl oz almond milk
4 oz broken walnuts
grated rind of 2 oranges
1 tblspn soya yogurt
1 tblspn balsamic vinegar
1 oz grated dark chocolate


Throw everything into the bowl and stir together. Simple as that!
Put into two prepared round cake tins.
Cook in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 25 mins to 30 mins.

When cooked and cooled I covered and topped it with a soya cream and dairy free dark chocolate ganache.  This is still a work in progress though.  I melted 250g of chocolate into 200 ml of heated cream. But it stayed quite runny and so I stirred in icing sugar to thicken it up. Lots of icing sugar!  I filled and covered the cake and left it in a cool place overnight and by morning it was a lovely fudgy consistency.  It probably contained a billion calories though with all the added sugar so I'm working on making it a bit less calorific by playing with the ratio of chocolate to soya cream to avoid the addition of the icing sugar in such huge quantities.

The cake has an open and almost brownie-like consistency punctuated with the crunchy walnuts and beautifully flavoured with the orange. It is very moist and indulgent. I was surprised at just how good it tasted, reminding me of a very complicated chocolate orange Italian Christmas cake recipe I once made. But unlike that one, this cake is so very simple and quick to knock up.  It also tasted superb warmed up in the microwave and served with Swedish Glace vegan ice cream.  I think it would also work well without any icing or ganache at all, simply sprinkled with icing sugar and served with coffee.

I am enjoying my foray in animal product free baking - more to come soon!

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  1. This looks so good. My aunt is vegan but i'm dairy free so i'll be having a go at this. I've not been successful yet!

  2. Back to Roots Baby11 October 2013 at 23:41

    Really like the look of this! Not vegan anymore but still try to avoid dairy so will look out for your recipes. #recipeoftheweek

  3. This looks lovely and I'm really impressed with your ganache - rare to get textures like that in vegan food. Can I come round for tea?

    Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek. I've Pinned and Stumbled this post, and there's a new #recipeoftheweek linky just gone live. I'd love you to pop over and join in again with another fab recipe post :)

  4. Wow your chocolate cake looks amazing! I could have this for breakfast, lunch and dinner if it didn't mean that I will get amazingly fat!
    Thank you for linking up with the #FridayFoodie - will be sharing your post everywhere xxxx

  5. The cake looks amazing. Thanks for sharing the recipe. For the icing, have you ever tried whipping silken tofu (different from firm tofu) and use that instead of cream? Then add melted dark chocolate and a liquid sweetener such as maple syrup or agave nectar. If you want a very rich flavour, add some strong instant coffee, or some rum. ;) If you want a fluffier icing, add more liquid to the silken tofu, like water or almond milk.



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